The Kentucky Derby takes place on May 6, and this year we’ll be celebrating with some Four Roses bourbon.
As a wine drinker who is learning more about spirits, I’ve really come to enjoy this brand. We buy the Four Roses Single Barrel, which I like for its smoothness and flavor. Tasting notes describe it as “moderately woody” with flavors of plum, cherries, spices, vanilla and cocoa, and while I can’t quite taste all of those things, it’s always fun trying.
There are two other Four Roses bourbons. A top shelf “Small Batch” Four Roses, which I’ve yet to sample, and Four Roses Yellow, which is perfect for cocktails, cooking and baking. In fact, Four Roses sent me a sample of “Yellow” to try in their Four Roses Bourbon Scented Brownies.
I served these to some friends at a coffee and everyone loved the flavor. The brownies are somewhere between fudge-y and cakey, have a lightness about them, but are still rich. Even with 3 oz of bourbon, the brownies aren’t overpoweringly bourbon flavored.
Here’s the recipe for the brownies. Let me know what you think!
- 1 stick (4 oz/) unsalted butter, cut into chunks
- 5 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 large eggs, cold
- 3/4 cup cake flour (3 oz/84 grams)
- 1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch of salt (optional)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (3 oz) Four Roses Bourbon (Yellow Label or Small Batch)
- Chopped white and dark chocolate for topping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 inch square metal pan with nonstick foil.
- In a double boiler or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt chopped chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and whisk in cocoa powder and sugar.
- Let cool slightly, then whisk in vanilla. Add eggs one by one, whisking gently after each egg but being careful not to whisk too much air into the batter.
- Add the flour and stir until incorporated, then add the Four Roses and stir again.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 325 for approximately 35 to 40 minutes.
- To test if the brownies are done, insert a toothpick - when you pull it out of the batter it should be wet with a little bit of the brownie mixture adhering to the toothpick.
- Let cool completely, chill so that you'll get a cleaner cut, then cut into squares.